CHPSO offers insight on the latest patient safety trends and best practices in California and nationwide. Members can participate in group meetings, webinars, safe table discussions, research projects, and work groups—all in a confidential and collaborative learning environment.
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that identified that while health IT can create new opportunities to improve patient care and safety, it can also create new potentials for harm. Specific recommendations for minimizing patient safety risks were identified in this report. In December 2012, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), released their plan for addressing these recommendations.
A Safe Table is a forum conducted under the federal law establishing PSOs such as CHPSO, at which health care professionals convene and have an open dialogue about patient safety and quality issues. Frank and transparent discussion are encouraged in this confidential and legally privileged setting.
Because this is an entirely protected forum, all information shared will remain confidential and participants sign a privacy agreement upon arrival at the meeting.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) Structured Data Capture (SDC) initiative is developing and validating a standards-based data architecture so that a structured set of data can be accessed from EHRs for other appropriate purposes, including collecting and transmitting data for patient safety and adverse event reporting.
CHPSO is leading a multi-state retained surgical item project to provide a collective analysis that will help hospitals reduce the risks of retained surgical items. PSOs in six states — Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Tennessee — have joined the effort. Learning from both near misses and actual events will help us better protect our patients. CHPSO and its allied PSOs will present the findings of the project in the first quarter of 2013.